Taught course

Dramaturgy and Writing in Performance

Goldsmiths, University of London · Theatre and Performance

Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant subject area. Please visit the Goldsmiths website for details of application requirements.

Dramaturgy; Playwriting

Months of entry


Course content

A unique programme for dramaturgs and playwrights.

This highly successful programme offers specialist pathways in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. We concentrate on the process of writing for live performance, together with an ongoing evaluation of the work in process. Through practice and reflection, we enable you to establish a distinctive, individual approach as both a writer and dramaturge. Projects include site-specific work, writing for a specific audience, verbatim theatre and interdisciplinary collaboration.

We support the development of texts for performance, alongside intellectual understanding of the diverse forms and contexts in which live performance can be made and the writer/dramaturge’s role in this. We examine texts from a wide range of periods and cultures. We engage with work that is innovative, or which challenges established notions of practice. Permanent staff are joined by distinguished professionals. Visiting tutors include Ian Rickson (former Artistic Director of the Royal Court), Sarah Clifford, Duncan Macmillan, Penny Black, and Philip Osment.

Dramaturges and playwrights study side by side, and examine creative and dramaturgical issues from various perspectives as writers, spectators and creative collaborators. There are opportunities to collaborate on an Interdisciplinary Project with MA Performance Makers and Composers from the Department of Music. Final project texts, performed and directed by industry professionals, are presented at the Soho Theatre in London, attended by key industry representatives. Graduates are highly successful in obtaining commissions, dramaturgy posts and artistic directorships. Recent successes include Tena Štivičić (Three Winters National Theatre 2015), Finn Kennedy (Artistic Director, Tamasha Theatre Company 2015) and Melissa Bubnic (Beached at Soho Theatre 2015). All students receive Professional Orientation and support towards career development.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Creative work40

Course contact details

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